Several gas cylinders which, if tampered with, could kill or seriously injure a person were illegally dumped in the woods in the Castletown estate, Celbridge.
If thrown on a fire, the cylinders could become, as one local resident put it, “a virtual bomb”. If the gas leaked, it could freeze a person’s limb. The cylinders were found in an area freely accessible to local children.
A concerned local resident rang the Leinster Leader last Tuesday, August 30, to report the find of the eight cylinders.
The cylinders were just a few metres away from the entrance to a woodland area right next to the Avenue, a part of the Castletown housing estate.
Two of them were a metre long while the rest were shorter.
With “For Food Use Only” signs on them, it’s likely they were the kind used in the pub trade to force beer through the pipes.
But even if, as was probably the case, the cylinders were empty, they still remain a danger to the public, especially to curious children.
They were under a tree and were very visible to the many walkers who use that route for recreation.
After phone calls from the Leinster Leader, the OPW, which owns Castletown House and the surrounding grounds, and Kildare County Council, which has taken the housing estate in charge, combined to find the cylinders and removed them early on Thursday morning.
“I know from my own working life that they can be very dangerous,” the resident who reported the find explained. “If they leaked, the gas could maim or injure a person.”
The handling of these cylinders, even when empty, is covered by legislation. Normally they are recycled back to the suppliers. They hold gas at between 823 to 2000 psi. The pressure in a car tyre is between 30 and 40 psi. A spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency said while the cylinders could not be categorised as hazardous waste “they certainly should not be dumped.”